Duriavich Crew – Assigned 753 Squadron – February 6, 1945

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Flying at the End of Hostilities

RankNameSerial #Crew PositionDateStatusComments
2LtJohn F Duriavich02058743Pilot18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
F/OWilliam DoningerT64168Co-pilot18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
F/OJohn DilksT128716Navigator18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
F/ODonald W BrewerT134389Bombardier18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
S/SgtDaniel Hacku31336401Radio Operator18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
S/SgtRobert A Roberts32912245Flight Engineer18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
SgtRobert W Knox16190057Aerial Gunner18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
SgtJames H Porter42058886Airplane Armorer18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
SgtAlfred T Ruthkowski32823977Aerial Gunner18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown
SgtHerbert C Schulkon34666610Aerial Gunner18-Apr-45FEHLast Mission Flown

The Duriavich Crew was assigned to the 753BS on February 6, 1945. On March 12th the crew flew their first combat mission to hit the marshaling yards at Friedburg, Germany. Their next mission on the 18th, took them to Berlin. Three additional missions were flown in March.

In April, the crew participated in four combat missions, including the raid on Lechfeld airfield and the German garrison in the Royan Area on April 15th. On the Royan mission, 458th crews carried a mixture of Napalm canisters and 100 pound incendiaries. Duriavich and crew flew their ninth and final combat mission on April 18th to Passau, Germany. The Eighth Air Force ceased all combat operations eight days later.

The crew received the Air Medal on April 16th. On April 25th they were transferred into the 755BS, only to be returned to the 753BS on May 17th. The crew may have been tasked to ferry a Liberator back to the States in June 1945.


DateTarget458th MsnPilot MsnSerialRCLSqdnA/C MsnA/C NameComments
12-Mar-45FRIEDBURG202142-50912DJ421THE TRAVLIN' BAG
22-Mar-45KITZINGEN210341-28980VJ427UNKNOWN 009
30-Mar-45WILHELMSHAVEN215544-50539BJ48UNKNOWN 045
06-Apr-45HALLE219644-40277PJ460MISS USED
09-Apr-45LECHFELD222742-50740QJ433OUR BURMA
15-Apr-45ROYAN AREA226844-50539BJ411UNKNOWN 045
18-Apr-45PASSAU228942-50740QJ435OUR BURMA

The Crew

Standing: James Porter – G, Daniel Hacku – RO. 
Kneeling: John Duriavich – P, William Doniger – CP

Duriavich Enlisted in Class As: The three on the right are, (L-R) Daniel Hacku – RO, James Porter – G and Robert Roberts – E

Duriavich Enlisted in Flight Gear: (L-R) James Porter, Unknown, Daniel Hacku, Robert Roberts, Unknown

Castle Gardens, Norwich: Front to back: William Doniger, Dan Hacku, Robert Roberts and James Porter.

John Duriavich – Pilot

Robert Roberts – Flight Engineer

(All photos courtesy: Dan Hacku)